Top Ten Tuesday ǀ Bad Bookish Habits

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ah, the dreaded bookish habit. Book nerds don’t just have ordinary, everyday bad habits. No, indeed not, we actually have bad bookish habits. Or at least I do believe most of us suffer from this fate. I’ll be the first to admit this. As I am sitting writing this, I was surprised to realize I cannot honestly conjure up a great deal of bad bookish habits. I know I have more than this measly list, but they aren’t clicking into place. I’ll blame it on the lateness of the hour and call it good. This is why I am mixing things up and will likely be talking about bad habits coupled with an annoying trope or two along with a book I marked as DNF (which is a rarity!).  

I'd like to apologize in advance for my randomness today. Not sure why, but I'm all over the place. With that in mind, below you’ll find the official topic for today and see my list of bookish habits. 

Broke and Bookish October 6th Meme  

Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit
(aka ten book series I think I'm going to abandon, ten bookish habits I want to quit, ten authors I quit reading, ten types of books I'm quitting, ten tropes I want to stop reading about, ten books I marked as DNF (did not finish) recently, etc. Get as creative as you want)

Bad Bookish Habits 

When it comes to storing books I like to think I am reasonably organized. I mean I don’t alphabetize my shelves, but I try to put genres together and within that, authors. But that’s the extant. However my worst organization habit is leaving books on the floor! This usually happens until it reaches quite a pile up over a month long period. What happens is, I’ll pull a book off the shelf because I want to look up something or because I want to read the back of a book I really want to read but cannot (publisher books come first). What happens next is I place the books on the floor where they stack up underneath my small table. Needless to say by the time I get around to putting them back on the shelves, there are an embarrassing number of books lying about.  

Once upon a time I thought I was more efficient when I read multiple books – and why I ever thought that I’ve not a clue. In truth, I think I’m better off as a one-book-at-a-time-girl. It suits my pace better and I likely do accomplish more that way.  

I've been contemplating writing another blog post on star ratings because I'm always curious what my fellow bloggers think. I don't really feel that star ratings are a "bad" habit, but I've seen such varying opinions and read blogs that do and don't use them. I like them as a reader because it tells me at a glance what my blogging buddies opinions are as a general "overall" feel about a book though I still will read their thoughts and explanation why the book received less that a five-star gush.
What is your opinion on star ratings? I'm curious.

One of my biggest “musts” is reading more books from my actual shelf versus those I get from publishers. I’ve already gotten better and more selective in the books I chose from publishers, so it’s become easier and I don’t feel the same pull I was did when opening the email. Beforehand I just wanted to review all the books. It’s refreshing.
(Annoying) Romance Tropes
I do like small town settings, but I suppose I'd like to see more stories set in the city too. Or maybe it's just because I live in a small town, so reading about a different pace of life is more interesting.

(Secondary Romances*) Much as I really do not mind more than one romance, I prefer the "subtle" secondary romance if there is going to be one. I've read books before that give equal time to the secondary romance when the synopsis promised the book was going to be about ONE couple. *sigh* For some reason it's a bookish annoyance.

(*Yes, apparently I thought "e" came after "m")

Marked as DNF

Where the Stars Still Shine: Marking anything as DNF is unusual for me. I mean, sure, I put a book aside if I'm in a time crunch for another book, but this one was a firm "no" read. I wanted to like it, I really did, but I couldn't for whatever reason. Have you ever experienced a book like that?

Where the Stars Still Shine (on Goodreads)

That's brings an end to another Top Ten Tuesday.
What are your thoughts on any of my mish-mash of topics? Comment about them or anything bookish. As always, thank you for visiting. Come back anytime. (And you know the drill, leave YOUR Top Ten Tuesday links.)
Happy Tuesday. Be happy.


  1. I can relate to so many points on this list! Reading multiple books at once really gives me a headache and makes me feel stressed. (And it's self-imposed stress, which makes it so bad.) I also brought up some annoying love tropes in my own list, but yours are even better! I never even realized how many of the romance novels I read take place in small towns -- probably about 85%. This is a really thoughtful list!

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    1. Hi, Teisha! Thanks so much for visiting and for leaving a comment. :)

      I agree, reading multiple books at once IS self-imposed stress. Ugh. So not fun is it!? :) As for romance tropes, yes! Lots of books do take place in small towns which is a little annoying, but perhaps that's just because I live in a small town and I'd rather read about new places. It's a thought I'm working off.

      Off to visit your TTT meme post. :)

  2. I've tried reading multiple books at once but usually I just end up getting the details all jumbled together. The most I've managed to read at once is 2 and in general I prefer not to.

    It's very rare that I DNF a book but I always feel so bad for doing it. I find myself wondering if I'm putting it down right before it gets good, but I can't think of a single book that I wanted to DNF but forced myself to finish that I was happy afterwards.

    1. I'm learning I *need* to quite reading multiple books at once, Brittany! :)

      I hear you on DNF books. It is tough wondering if you're giving up before it gets good. I usually push through a book, but as you suggest, life is really too short to read something that isn't clicking with us. Fortunately there is a reader waiting to be matched with every book out there. We just have to find our pairs. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

  3. Great list! I can only read one book at a time (well I occasionally read more than one, but not often), and star ratings are somethings I've agonized over too. I don't do them right now but I think maybe I should, just as a quick glance snapshot of what I thought. I may have to do that...

    Happy Tuesday!

    1. Hi Greg. Thanks. :)

      I read more than one book at a time WAY too often. Needless to say, I'm getting annoyed by my own habit of doing this. ;)

      Thanks for sharing your opinion on star ratings. At some point I may actually post a blog post about it. We'll see.

      Happy Tuesday.

  4. I can't NOT read more than one book at a time. I get too distracted.

    1. Nothing wrong with being a one-book-at-a-time reader. :)

  5. I admit to floor shelving too...basically I just need more bookcases or less books.

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    1. I vote for MORE bookcases, Lauren. But then, that's just my two cents. ;)

      Thanks for visiting.

  6. I used to try to read multiple books at the same time, but I would always end up favoring one and putting the other aside, so it never worked for me! :) I can do one novel and one nonfiction at the same time, since it's easier to keep things straight that way.

    1. I don't mind reading a more lighthearted book if I'm reading something serious at the same time. If that's the case, I'll usually reading a few chapters in the latter first, then pick up the romcom or funny novel. I sometimes "need" that balance. :)

  7. This is a great list! All my books used to be in piles on the floor until I finally got myself a bookshelf! I also used to read multiple books at the same time, but I'm so busy at the moment that I find it hard to even read one!
    I think a post about star ratings would be great. I don't use stars for mine, mostly because I find it really hard to differentiate the stars and what each rating should mean.

    1. Thanks - and thank YOU for visiting.

      I have a bookshelf (more than one in fact), but I don't also put the books back in their place. Ergo, they tend to pile up. Reading one book at a time is likely best.

      Thanks for the star ratings feedback - and I'm the same. I struggle with their meaning too. Especially as each site (GR, Amazon) has a different meaning.

  8. Do you mean that floors are not meant to be used as shelves??? Huh. ;)

    As for star ratings - I use them but I also realize that everyone has a different idea of what each rating means - particularly 3 stars and above. So, I take them from others with a grain of salt and really just look at the review as a whole. But I think we are all conditioned to expect a starred rating system ... with books, restaurants, hotels, movies, music, etc. so to not use them at all throws people off sometimes.

    My TTT

    1. LOL, right!? I must have had a momentary lapse in thinking. ;)

      Well said, Carrie. I think there tends to be a bit of controversy with star ratings because bloggers who enjoy helping promote authors books (especially if we request the book or an author simply sent it to us) doesn't wish to be... mean, for lack of a better word. I sort of began using them later in my blogging life, but I'm now pretty much conditioned (as you say) to using them. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

  9. I still try to read more than one book at a time, though it is easier to stick to one at a time now that I review, since I usually read them in order of what is coming up next.;)
    I have a bad habit of floor stacking my TBR pile. Next to my bed. It's taken a few tumbles in the middle of the night!
    I have a hard time with rating books I review. I usually give 4-5 stars, or just don't give a book stars. I hate to give low ratings, unless a book is just awful.

    1. That's my dilemma as well, Amanda - review books. I try and keep up with them when they release, etc.

      LOL, I'll expect my floorside pile of books to do the same! Perhaps that'll teach me to keep them on the floor. ;)

      I know what you mean about star ratings. As with everything I think there are advantages and disadvantages to either option.

  10. Fun post!

    I really enjoy books that are set in "small towns" or even better, rural settings. But, I think my favorite book setting to read would be one set in a favorite place (Alaska for example, etc.).

    Personally, I enjoy star ratings. I always take it into consideration when viewing books to check out. Espeically on GoodReads. But, I also take into account other books that person had read, and what their overall book taste might be.

    Floor shelving = guilty. However, the last few months I vowed to keep my personal stash to a minimum. I only keep my favorite books, and books that I would want my kids to read someday down the road. Otherwise, most titles could easily be found at the library. Maybe someday I'll have a big library at my house, but until then, I'm trying to keep the floor stacks to a minimum. One one stack left to tackle and find shelves for. ;-)

    1. Thanks, Heather; sometimes randomness makes the best topics! :)

      That's an excellent way to look at settings of books, Heather; reading about ones favorite place. And Alaska is certainly an amazing place to visit! Someday I'd like to return there, but for now I settle for books from Dani Pettrey. :)

      I enjoy ratings as well. It gives me an at-a-glace look at the book, but of course I still enjoy reading the specifics or reasons a reader chose their rating.

      I'd love an awesome library. Until then I have my little shelving units and they work A-Okay. I don't really make vows to keep my library down... but every now and then I do go through my books and "unhaul" them. Needless to say I have lots of books in boxes that I need to get rid of (through a sale or donation).

      Thanks for visiting! :)

  11. Ahh, I feel your pain! I do the same thing with books! I pull out a "must read" and then... review book gets priority. Le sigh. I am still trying to get to Queen of Shadows, Six of Crows, P.S I Still Love You... the list could go on for days!

    I also really agree with that secondary romance thing! I almost NEVER like it, why does it happen!?

    As for star ratings... I like them, just for reference I guess? I mean, I put more weight on the review in general, but at least the star rating gives me a bit of an idea where it is headed. This is especially helpful for when I don't want to read a full review because I want to go in blind!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    1. Your list of want-to-reads sounds amazing, Shannon! I've yet to read the ever-popular Throne of Glass books, but want to. Badly. ;) As for Jenny Han's, her books sound like contemporary awesome-ness. Cannot wait to dive into those.

      You say it best: secondary romances usually don't work. (For me.) *sigh*

      Well said (putting more weight on the actual review). I would second that. I still read my friends reviews no matter the rating, but I'm curious what they rate their reads. :)

  12. My bad habit is collecting way more books than I have storage for. Hubby kept building shelves until he finally got fed up and told me I had to get rid of some of them. So, I started a library at our church. I still have access to them but it feels good to share them.

    1. Oh I have that habit as well, Jan. Ugh. But for now I do have extra space. Every now and again I go through my books and "unhaul" them. Right now they're simply sitting in boxes in my office until I decide what to do with them (donate, sell, etc.). It's always a nice feeling to get "rid" of the books I didn't care for or will never read - especially if it means adding some newbies. ;)


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